Organisers of the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF 2018) have announced the agenda of the sixth edition of the festival dedicated to bringing young people and movies together, which unveils on October 14.


Themed “Think Cinema”, the six-day cinematic extravaganza, which continues until October 19 will play out at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre (JRCC), and will bring 138 films by local, regional and international directors to the festival audience. This will include its longest-ever list of premiers with 54 films, consisting 12 international, 34 Middle Eastern, 7 UAE and 1 Gulf premiers.


The details of SICFF 2018 were revealed at a press conference in Sharjah, held at Cinema City in Zero 6 Mall and hosted by festival organiser, FUNN – Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children – an organisation established under the vision and patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness, the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, dedicated to engaging the UAE’s young generations in media arts.


The event will also feature an extensive programme over 40 specialised workshops, interactive sessions, and appearances by celebrated industry professionals, including filmmakers, directors, cinematographers and artists – all designed to ignite the imagination of young film enthusiasts, act as a platform where they can have new creative experiences, and increase their know-how of films and the media arts in general.

During the press conference, FUNN reiterated its commitment to encouraging young filmmaking talent in the UAE, enhancing film and media arts literacy, advancing the artistic taste of youngsters and inspiring them to know more about cinematographic techniques and skills. FUNN also asserted that it will keep children and young people in the region up-to-date with the most important and latest movies targeting them, in order to enable them to participate in shaping the future of this vital industry in the Arab world.

Unveiling the details of SICFF 2018, Sheikha Jawaher bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of FUNN and SICFF, said: “The festival will bring together an impressive galaxy of promising talents from around the world who have chosen SICFF as a platform to showcase their work and introduce their countries’ cultures to a global audience.

“With our longest-ever premiers list comprising 54 films, SICFF’s selections this year will lay special focus on the plight of refugees. We take immense pride in offering Sharjah’s screen to these films – an emirate that is recognised globally for its leading efforts to develop culture and creativity in people. Our festival could not have seen the light of day if it weren’t for the patronage and unfailing encouragement offered by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi.”

She added: “We believe that art is key to enriching the personalities and perceptions of young people, and that the ideas presented in films are strong catalysts that fire up children’s imaginations and develop their ability to discover beauty.”

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